Ben Chataway > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers

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Ben specialises in housing and social welfare, community care and public law.



He provides expert advice and representation across a wide range of public and property law issues. Having worked for many years as a solicitor he has a thorough understanding of the pressures of a solicitor’s practice, of funding issues and costs. He combines specialist expertise with a pragmatic and client-focused approach.  He is ranked as a leading junior in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 and described various as “very impressive”, “a very calm advocate who deals well with cases and gets excellent results”.

He has special expertise in working for clients who lack mental capacity or who are otherwise vulnerable, and is frequently instructed to act for the Official Solicitor.

Ben undertook pupillage at a leading company law set before he re-qualified and spent 13 years as a solicitor carrying out a range of legally aided work. He returned to the bar in 2010. Since 2009 he has also sat as a Tribunal Judge hearing a wide range of social security benefit appeals.


Housing Law Practitioner Association
Housing and Immigration Group
Fee-Paid Tribunal Judge in the First- Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber)


BA (Hons) Cantab
BVC Outstanding (Inns of Court)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Ben ChatawayDoughty Street ChambersAn effective advocate. He has a very calm and assured manner in court, and is very persuasive with judges.